Written by Matthew Cannata
After seeing an all-time high of 98 underclassmen declaring for the 2014 NFL draft, the NFL is taking drastic measures in an effort to curb this movement again the future. More specifically, the NFL’s College Advisory Committee has changed some of their policies that will be in effect for the 2015 draft and beyond.
According to Pro Football Talk via the NFL, the new guidelines state that the players who don’t project as a first or second round pick will be told they should remain in school. In past years, players were told whether they would be projected in the first, second, or third round and above.
In addition, the committee will limit requests for evaluations to five underclassmen per college team. However, if a powerhouse school has many underclassmen who may project to be taken in the first two rounds, the committee can decide on a case-by-case basis for each team.
This should have a huge impact in the coming years and should help for more talent coming into the NFL down the road. While there are some players who can come into the NFL after their junior year, recent history has shown that with four full years, that player can become much more polished coming into the NFL and more apt to make an impact right away.